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Estevan Bruins drop games to Humboldt and Nipawin at SJHL Showcase

Bruins played games on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.
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The Estevan Bruins played twice during the SJHL's annual Showcase in Warman.

WARMAN - The Estevan Bruins dropped both of their games at this year's Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Showcase in Warman.

Estevan lost 5-4 to the Humboldt Broncos Tuesday night - a game the Bruins led 4-3 with two minutes to play in the third period - and 3-1 to the Nipawin Hawks on Wednesday afternoon.

Logan Ziegler, Mitch Kohner, Matthew Ronn and Alex Von Sprecken had the goals for Estevan. Ziegler and Ronn notched their first goals in the SJHL, while Kohner was playing his first game of the season.

Von Sprecken's goal with 8:52 to play in the third period gave the Bruins a 4-3 advantage, but Davian Weigel scored with 87 seconds to tie the game, and Cage Newans' second of the game with 15 seconds remaining in the third period was the winner. 

Alec Saretzky and Samuel Marburg also scored for Humboldt. 

Cam Hrdlicka stopped 33 of 38 shots he faced for Estevan. Tristan Boileau made 20 saves for the Broncos.

Reese Malkewich scored for Nipawin in the first period of Wednesday's game, and Carson Dobson and Maguire Ratzlaff tallied in the second to give the Hawks a 3-0 advantage through two. Nipawin had numerous power plays in the first two periods, including several two-man advantages. 

Cody Davis had the Bruins' lone goal in the third period.

Hrdlicka stopped 36 of the 39 shots he faced for Estevan. Nolan McDowell made 32 saves on 33 shots for Nipawin. 

The Bruins (1-6) have lost four straight and will have two games at home this weekend against the Weyburn Red Wings. They host Weyburn Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. 

Up next for the Broncos, who are 5-0, will be a northern road trip with games at the La Ronge Ice Wolves on Friday and Saturday night, and the Flin Flon Bombers on Sunday.

Nipawin (3-3) will host the Notre Dame Hounds Friday night at 7 p.m. and visit Flin Flon Saturday night.